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[kraws-breed, kros-] /ˈkrɔsˌbrid, ˈkrɒs-/
verb (used with object), crossbred, crossbreeding.
to produce (a hybrid); hybridize.
verb (used without object), crossbred, crossbreeding.
to undertake or engage in hybridizing; hybridize.
a crossbred.
Origin of crossbreed
1665-75; cross- + breed Unabridged
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  • Also, languages can crossbreed in a way that species do not.
  • And it knows how to crossbreed its strains to get the mixtures it wants.
  • If you want long-twitch muscle fibres, it seems it would be easier to insert the relevant genes than to crossbreed.
  • Then they half push, half carry them toward a waiting truck that will take them to crossbreed with alpacas in other herds.
  • Unfortunately, species that clone themselves cannot crossbreed and improve desirable qualities.
  • The two species may even crossbreed, resulting in bluegill-pumpkinseed hybrids.
  • crossbreed animals with existing strains or cross strains to obtain new combinations of desirable characteristics.
  • No one realized or cared that the two native species might crossbreed and threaten each other's existence.
  • The splake, a popular game fish, is a crossbreed which must be reared in nurseries.
British Dictionary definitions for crossbreed


verb -breeds, -breeding, -bred
Also interbreed. to breed (animals or plants) using parents of different races, varieties, breeds, etc
the offspring produced by such a breeding
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crossbreed in Science
Verb  To produce a hybrid animal or plant by breeding two animals or two plants of different species or varieties. For example, crossbreeding a male donkey with a female horse will produce a mule.

Noun  An animal or a plant produced by breeding two animals or plants of different species or varieties; a hybrid.
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